Welcome Your New Pet Home with the Right Supplies
Getting a new furry friend is an exciting time. Perhaps your children have been asking for a pet, and they have finally gotten old enough to have a pet on their own. Responsible pet owners will choose a pet that will be a good fit for youngsters and make sure they have everything they need to start their life out right with your family.
However, it’s important to be methodical when shopping, and to not find the first items you see. Research and putting together a checklist are imperative to shopping smartly.
What do you Need Before Your Pet’s Arrival?
According to CNET.com, here are some things you should discuss and purchase for your pet before you bring them home.
- Before you even choose your new dog or pet, discuss family responsibilities, such as who will feed the pet, who will take it out, clean up after them, etc.
- Purchase food and water bowls. They should be made of durable materials and meet the size of the dog. A puppy cannot reach inside a big bowl, even though the pet may end up being a big adult.
- Enjoy picking out some toys for the dog/pet. This can be a fun activity for the entire family. Just make sure that the toy is durable, as tiny puppies have sharp teeth.
- Purchase a collar and leash that will fit your pet well. You will need to upgrade these as the dogs get bigger and stronger.
- A crate can be a great place for your dog to relax and make them feel secure. While some think this is mean and hate the idea of their dog being penned, your dog often thinks of it as their own home where they are safe and secure.
- They will need a fluffy bed to sleep in when outside the crate.
- As soon as you get your pet, make sure to have the animal chipped and has an ID tag, in case they get out of your home or yard.
Some Additional Supplies:
According to The American Kennel Club, there are some additional things you may consider when bringing a new pet into your home.
- Depending on the type of pet you are adopting, you may need grooming supplies like brushes, combs, nail clippers and grinders, and shampoo and conditioner that meets with your dog’s fur/hair.
- Pick-up bags to be used to clean up after your pup when they are on walks.
- Medical supplies. There are medical kits made just for animals, and it is a good idea to have one in your home…just in case.
- You may also want to start shopping for pet insurance.
In addition, you will need to prepare your home for your new roommate. Some choose to keep the dog in limited areas in the home. If this is how you plan to start your new pet, many companies create screened or clear pens that keep your pet in a designated area. Companies like Clearly Loved Pets have numerous options to fit just about any room.
Getting a new pet is an exciting time, so make sure you are prepared to welcome them into your home with the right supplies.